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9/11/2018
Unison Overwhelmingly Reject Pay Offer And Vote To Move Towards Strike ActionThumbnail for article : Unison Overwhelmingly Reject Pay Offer And Vote To Move Towards Strike Action
UNISON will start to take steps towards strike action.  The local government joint trade unions - who have also run consultative ballots of their members - will be meet with CoSLA to inform them of the results of their ballots, tomorrow Friday 9th November.  
9/11/2018
Proposed changes to Christmas and New Year extended opening at licensed premises
The Highland Licensing Board is consulting on proposed changes to extended opening hours at pubs, restaurants and clubs in Highland over the Christmas and New Year period from 2019 onwards.   If the proposed changes are adopted, they will restrict extended opening for alcohol sales to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Hogmanay and New Year's Day if these fall on other days of the week.  
9/11/2018
Dounreay Takes Top Safety AwardThumbnail for article : Dounreay Takes Top Safety Award
Dounreay's industry leading safety performance has taken one of the top prizes at Babcock International Group's Health and Safety Excellence Awards.   The team responsible for decommissioning the former fast reactor research site in Caithness lifted the trophy for best safety programme at an event in London last week.  
9/11/2018
Threat to seed potato exportsThumbnail for article : Threat to seed potato exports
Scotland's world renowned seed potato industry risks losing its 13.5% EU market share in a no deal Brexit scenario, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has warned.   In a letter to Secretary of State Michael Gove, she highlights that in this scenario Scotland would become a third country and would therefore be unable to export seed potatoes to the EU.  
9/11/2018
Scottish Government Anounces Michelin Action GroupThumbnail for article : Scottish Government Anounces Michelin Action Group
Members of the group tasked with exploring all options to secure a sustainable future for the Michelin site and its workforce have been announced by Economy Secretary Derek Mackay.   The Michelin Action Group will meet for the first time in Dundee on Monday (12 November).  
9/11/2018
Scottish Government Confirms Nursing And Midwifery Actions
Student nursing and midwifery places will increase for the seventh consecutive year, reaching record levels, with the intake rising by 7.6% to more than 4,000.   As announced by the First Minister in October, all eligible nursing and midwifery students across Scotland will benefit from an increased bursary in 2019/20, rising to £10,000 a year in 2020/21.  
9/11/2018
Concern Expressed Over Proposed Land RegisterThumbnail for article : Concern Expressed Over Proposed Land Register
Much of Scotland's land will remain outside the proposed Register of Controlled Interests in Land, whose purpose is to make land ownership more transparent, according to a report by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.   Much of Scotland's land will remain outside the proposed Register of Controlled Interests in Land, whose purpose is to make land ownership more transparent, according to a report by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.  
9/11/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 8 November 2018
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 8th) sold 2,868 store sheep.   Lambs (1,592) averaged £46.06 and sold to £310 gross for a Cheviot tup lamb from Middleton of Brims, Thurso.  
8/11/2018
Highland Council approves new strategy to reduce single use plasticsThumbnail for article : Highland Council approves new strategy to reduce single use plastics
Highland Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to develop a holistic strategy and action plan to reduce the consumption of single use plastics from its sites and schools, and the wider community.   The strategy and action plan was approved at a meeting of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today (8 November 2018).  
8/11/2018
Strategic Housing Investment Plan approvedThumbnail for article : Strategic Housing Investment Plan approved
The Council remains on track to provide much-needed affordable homes.  Members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee today (Thursday 8 November 2018) have approved the Council's Strategic Housing Investment Plan for 2019-2024 that will see a minimum of 500 units being built each year of which 70% will be for affordable rent and 30% for low cost home ownership.  
8/11/2018
OBR October 2018 Economic and fiscal outlookThumbnail for article : OBR October 2018 Economic and fiscal outlook
Robert Chote, the chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), distils the key messages from the October 2018 Economic and fiscal outlook.   Overview of the October 2018 Economic and fiscal outlook.  
8/11/2018
Scottish Budget To Increase But Pressures On Spending Continue To Rise: Fraser Of Allander Scotland's Budget Report 2018
Fraser of Allender Institute calls for a frank debate about the future of public services and taxation in Scotland.   Analysis shows that the outlook for the Scottish budget has improved since last year, but many portfolios will continue to face a tough financial squeeze.  
8/11/2018
Landfill Communities Fund
Members of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee of Highland council, today considered a presentation on the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.   Scottish Landfill Communities Fund is available to communities within 10 miles of a registered landfill site, open or closed, or a waste transfer station.  
Nucleus Archive Facility Scoops UK's Richest Architecture Prize At V&A Dundee Award CeremonyThumbnail for article : Nucleus Archive Facility Scoops UK's Richest Architecture Prize At V&A Dundee Award Ceremony
Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick by Reiach & Hall Architects wins the 2018 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2018.   Twelve projects were shortlisted for the coveted 2018 Doolan Prize, all worthy winners of RIAS Awards for 2018 (presented in June 2018).  
7/11/2018
Businesses in Scotland 2018
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Businesses in Scotland 2018.  
6/11/2018
850 Jobs To Go At Michelin Site In Dundee - Scottish Government Response
Economy Secretary responds to announcement by Michelin on the closure of their Dundee site.   Responding to an announcement by Michelin on the closure of their Dundee site in 2020, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said:"This will be devastating news not just for those who work at the Michelin plant, but their families and the whole of the city of Dundee.  
6/11/2018
Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 30 September 2018
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.   Scotland's Chief Statistician has published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which give the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.  
6/11/2018
Investing In Research And Innovation
£5 million to support links between academic research and industry.   Businesses will benefit from investment of £5 million into the national Interface programme, helping to match them to Scotland's world-leading academic expertise.  
6/11/2018
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Ram Sale 2 November 2018
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (November, 2nd) sold 500 rams at its annual sale.   Blackface ram lambs (76) averaged £478.22 and sold to £5,500 gross from Elmscleugh, Dunbar.  
5/11/2018
Caithness Set To Get Improved Connections With FlybeThumbnail for article : Caithness Set To Get Improved Connections With Flybe
Caithness is set to have improved connections including to London, Manchester and Birmingham as Flybe aligns its Wick John O'Groats - Aberdeen service to the wider UK network operated from Aberdeen.   Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, will re-time its flights from 12 November 2018 by offering a 12.45pm departure (Monday to Thursday) from Aberdeen that links with Flybe's northbound services from London Heathrow, London City, Manchester and Birmingham along with the southbound flight from Wick at 1.45pm linking with the afternoon London-bound flights.